Parents of victims in Carlisle classroom fire speak out

Standing on the porch at his Carlisle home, a visibly upset Michael Slear, told abc27 that his son Andrew was “doing as good as he could be.”

Andrew Slear was burned on his torso and face during a science experiment gone wrong at Wilson Middle School Wednesday. He and Justin Yuen were flown to Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore yesterday. Yuen was released yesterday, Slear was released today. 

Michael Slear said he's disappointed that something like this happened at school. 

“You send your kid to school and you think they are safe,” Slear said.

Rebecca Helsin had a different outlook on the incident.

“It was an accident. Things happen,” she told abc27 over the phone. “Of course I was scared, but I don't put blame.”

Her 13-year-old daughter Rose was burned on the face. She was treated and released from Carlisle Regional Medical Center on Wednesday.

“Her face stings and hurts today, but the hardest part is dealing with what she saw,” said Rebecca Helsin.

Carlisle Superintendent John Friend would not comment on the status of the teacher involved in the incident James Redington. Friend would only say “we continue to think about the kids.”

The investigation into what caused the fire inside an 8th grade science
lab is still going on, but Chief
John Heberlig with Carlisle Fire and Rescue say they have determined
that rubbing alcohol was the only chemical involved. It was originally
thought that the teacher was combining two chemicals when the fire

“We are hoping to talk to the teacher and the school district today,” Heberlig said today.

Regular classes were held at Wilson Middle School on Thursday. Counselors were made available to students.

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